Sampling Methods

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  • Sampling Animals
    • Collecting from trees
    • Pitfall traps
      • Small containers are buried in the soil
      • Small animals walking through the grass will fall into the container
      • A small amount of water should be at the bottom of the container so creatures do no escape
    • Light traps
      • Used to collect flying insects at night
      • Consists of UV light that attracts insects
      • Under the light is a container containing alcohol
      • Insects fall into the alcohol
    • Sweep netting including use of  pooter
      • Sweep through the vegetation with a stout net
      • Small animals will be collected in the net
      • Identify the animals, using a pooter that try to fly away
      • Suitable for low vegetation that isn't too 'woody'
    • Tullgren funnels
      • Tullgren funnel is a device for collecting small animal from leaf litters
      • Place the leaf  litter in the funnel
      • A light drives animal downwards as the litter dries out
      • Animals fall through a mesh screen and collected in a jar
  • Tullgren funnels
    • Tullgren funnel is a device for collecting small animal from leaf litters
    • Place the leaf  litter in the funnel
    • A light drives animal downwards as the litter dries out
    • Animals fall through a mesh screen and collected in a jar

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